Saturday, September 19, 2009
Big wins for Hawkeyes, Hoosiers
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Quick thoughts on the recently completed wins by Iowa and Indiana.
Iowa 27, Arizona 17 -- Maybe the Northern Iowa game was the best thing for Iowa. The near disaster certainly got the Hawkeyes' attention. Iowa delivered another impressive second-half performance to beat Arizona and set up the first significant game of the Big Ten season next Saturday at Penn State. Redshirt freshman Adam Robinson came up big in the run game along with true frosh Brandon Wegher, and Iowa's defense once again limited damage. Ricky Stanzi has got to stop hurting his team with turnovers, but Iowa found a way to win by controlling the clock with the run.
Indiana 38, Akron 21 -- I've picked against the Hoosiers the last two weeks and got burned in both games. It's time to give out some credit to Bill Lynch's crew. A balanced running attack helped Indiana improve to 3-0, and the Hoosiers capitalized on Akron backup quarterback Matt Rodgers by intercepting him four times. Indiana obviously caught a break with Chris Jacquemain's suspension, but the Hoosiers took advantage with a complete performance on the road. The running game definitely looks better, and who knows, maybe Indiana makes some noise in the Big Ten this fall.